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ROSS REILY: Bryant should make change and quit shirking responsibility

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

People keep telling me that I am bald. What’s the deal? Why can’t they accentuate the positives? I have hair, just not all over my head. That is kind of what I feel like Gov. Phil Bryant was saying when he was talking to business people in Southaven this week. “Accentuate the positives while accepting […] [...]

Todd Smith’s Spin Cycle — The 20 most viral ads of 2014

We’ve hit December, and have shifted into high holiday gear. The end of the year is always a time of reflections of the past and aspirations of the future. It’s also a good time to contemplate the top PR, marketing, advertising and branding initiatives. One of the first out of the gate is the annual […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Film star tells all about Hollywood legends and studio system

When Peter Evans was helping Ava Gardner write her biography, he was often awakened in the middle of the night by the aging film star. She confided many interesting, unvarnished tales; stories she didn’t want included in the official biography. Evans began writing about his conversations with Gardner after her death. The revelations are sometimes […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Freddie Bagley has harnessed the power to motivate

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, Butler Snow, law, Mississippi, NEWS

Most leaders know the importance of creating high-performance teams within an organization. However, the challenge is actually moving from theory to execution in creating winning teams.  Great leaders know how to mobilize teams and lead them to accomplish their full potential.   In their book, The Wisdom of Teams, Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith describe […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Dispatches from a Mississippian in France

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, France, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

This column is coming to you from France, where my wife and I are on vacation. Each place we go I am asking as many people we deal with as possible if they have ever heard of Mississippi and what they might know of it. After 10 days and numerous conversations it is obvious that […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Smart year-end financial moves

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mark Blackwell, Mississippi, NEWS

A s we approach 2015, now is an ideal time to consider ways to maximize year-end opportunities for your finances.  I have listed below a few specific ideas you may want to consider.  Since some take a little time to implement, it is important to not wait too long to act.  Also, please keep in […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Habits of highly successful marketing execs

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, column, Deane Smith & Partners, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

The most successful marketing executives are, above all, people persons who can advance their company’s brand experience with diverse – and ever-changing – audiences. They’re savvy. They keep a finger on the pulse of a rapidly transforming digital society – with a keen eye to the future. And, they understand how to harness data to […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — This book of essays contains something for everyone

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

Sometimes you love a book so much that you feel like it’s a travesty if everyone you know doesn’t read it right away. That’s exactly how I felt about Ann Patchett’s collection of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann Patchett, is, of course, perhaps best known for her best-selling fiction, including […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Floyd Sulser Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, Floyd Sulser, law, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Between 2008 and 2010, the United States had a loss of over 200,000 businesses and 3 million jobs. This period of the “Great Recession” was particularly challenging for those businesses in the housing sector. For those that survived, many found themselves in a better position with fewer competitors and leaner operations. I had the opportunity […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Tater don’t need no Common Core

Tate Reeves is going to save education in Mississippi by offering an alternative to Common Core. He has gathered some of the sharpest minds in Mississippi politics to come up with a plan better than the one designed and approved by the bipartisan National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief […] [...]

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